Organic or not, that’s the question

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I was just now cutting up a red delicious organic apple to eat as a snack, and I remembered when I used to buy non-organic apples and how the apples were green on the inside and had no flavor at all. I was also reminded of a report on the news that said that organic and non-organic have the same amount of nutrients. How can this be when organic produce has so much more flavor? There’s just no way, I don’t believe it. We tried at one time to go back to non-organic frozen green beans and peas just to save a couple bucks, but the vegetables were mushy and had very little flavor! We even bought the jolly green giant! Ho, ho, ho. I can see why many people don’t like vegetables and fruits.

These are just thoughts from Kim.  🍎

 

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Easing the Nausea and Vomiting Associated with Migraine Headaches

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I’m so thankful that I rarely experience a serious full blown migraine these days, since I’ve learned what foods to avoid.  I’ve done some research on what to do to ease the vomiting and nausea if you or a loved one has a migraine attack.

  • Drink plenty of fluids.  Drink in small sips.
  • Add salt & honey.  Salt recover sodium levels.  Honey compensates for glucose loss.
  • Light vegetable soups are helpful.
  • Juices are beneficial – not acid such as lemon, orange, or tomato juice.  Apple juice or bilberry juices are best.  Apples are a natural antacid.
  • Bananas, white rice, oats, and ginger stop vomiting.
  • Drink rice water to stop vomiting.  White rice has more starch which is beneficial.  Boil 1/2 cup white rice in 1 1/2 cups water for 20 minutes.  Rice can be discarded or eaten with rice water, in this case boil for 30 minutes.
  • Oatmeal is very digestible.  It contains a lot of carbohydrates that provide energy.

Hungry For Change

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Synopsis: This documentary takes an unflinching look at the realm of commercial food production, and the surprisingly little-known truths about food and nutrition that have grown increasingly absent from American culture, with myth-busting facts about dieting and weight loss, and strategies for achieving better bodies both inside and out.

We just saw this documentary and I recommend it to everyone. We just started streaming Netflix on our TV using a Roku Streaming Player.  Netflix has the movie, “Hungry For Change” in the documentary section.  I learned some new facts about how our bodies function when given super nutritional organic fruits and vegetables.

The documentary recommends juicing.  We decided to start juicing because we haven’t had good results with taking supplements. We get neck aches and headaches from taking multivitamins, even the “Raw Vitamins”.   We felt like were were missing nutrients in our diet, even though we eat organic foods.  Since we started juicing, we both have had more energy and feel great.  We juice in the morning before breakfast and we can feel the nutrients working in our bodies right away!  Wow!  It feels like caffeine!  Juicing releases the vitamins and minerals so they absorb quickly into the bloodstream.  This morning we had rainbow chard, apples, and carrots.  We’ve also juiced fresh pineapple with carrots and apple.  Awesome!

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Helpful Links:

Juicing-for-Health.com  – This website has all the information you will need on juicing and the nutritional value of many fruits and vegetables.

Hungry for Change – This is the official website for the documentary.

Benefits of Ginger and Clove Oil

Once in a while I have a sore throat and I wonder what to do for it.  Honey is a good solution, it takes away that itchy feel in the throat and helps me sleep. But, today I just read this article on the Home Remedies Newsletter and I thought it was interesting to read how ginger helps a sore throat and how clove oil helps a toothache.  I hope you’ll find this article interesting and useful, also.

Why Does it Work?

by Garreth Myers

Today, we depend heavily on pharmaceutical medications for even the smallest health problems. When you think about it, minor issues like toothaches and sore throats have been around for centuries… so logically, there may be a simpler method to deal with these issues (rather than blindly force more chemicals into your system!) Home remedies can be invaluable in the treatment of minor health conditions so before you pop a pill, you may want to discuss home remedies with your doctor. It is natural to wonder about or even doubt the effectiveness of these remedies, so here’s the lowdown on just 2 of the most commonly used home remedies: ginger for a sore throat & clove oil for a toothache.

Ginger for a Sore Throat

It is annoying to have a persistent itch but it’s so much worse when you cannot scratch the itch! A sore throat can be extremely annoying and it can even bring on a bout of cough and cold, which is why you should treat it as soon as possible. Ginger tea is a great remedy for a sore throat and even a few sips of this steaming brew can instantly soothe your throat. So, why is ginger so effective in the treatment of a sore throat? These are just 3 reasons why you should use ginger to cure your sore throat:

  • Ginger has anti-inflammatory compounds and this helps to soothe a sore throat and ease your discomfort. Furthermore, these compounds will also help to reduce nasal congestion if you have a cold.
  • Ginger is classified as a sialagogue which means that it stimulated the production of saliva and the increase saliva helps to moisten and soothe your itchy throat.
  • Ginger contains gingerol, which is a compound that has a warm and pungent taste and this helps to stimulate mucus production so that the mucus that has hardened within your respiratory can be easily expelled.

Clove Oil for a Toothache

A toothache is particularly painful as our gums are more sensitive than the rest of our skin. We may ignore all other aches and pains, but the moment we get a toothache we get an immediate appointment with our dentist! But what would you do if you could not visit your dentist? Well, as your grandma probably told you when you were a kid…use clove oil! You may be skeptical at first, but as your pain recedes, you start to wonder why clove oil is so effective in treating a toothache. Here’s why…

  • Clove oil is a natural analgesic (painkiller). This means that you will not need to wait for hours for relief from your pain. The oil may cause a slight numbing of your gums but this is just a temporary effect.
  • Clove oil has antiseptic properties and this helps to prevent and/or treat any underlying infection such as gingivitis.
  • Clove oil contains Eugenol which is an oily liquid that functions as a local anesthetic, thus reducing the pain.

Make sure that you dilute clove oil with olive oil before you apply it to your tooth. This is because undiluted clove oil has several potent compounds that can cause tissue damage.

When you are unwell, you may decide to search online for a home remedy and sure enough… you find scores of them for every ailment on earth! Before you decide to follow through with a home remedy, keep in mind that many of these remedies may have unknown effects or even worse, they may have a negative reaction or they may interact with medications that you are already on. Always discuss your treatment plan with your doctor before you put it into action.

References:

  1. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12630492
  2. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16530911

Oats Mini Loaf

This is a great little gluten- free loaf that I baked today to go with our left-over beef stew. It’s wonderful with any soup or salad.  It tastes like corn bread!  We love to slather on the butter and honey!  Also, very quick and easy!  About 40 minutes total from start to finish!

In medium size bowl add:

1  egg

1/2 cup rice milk

2 heaping teaspoons of ground flax seed (I grind whole flax seed in blender)

3 Tbsp. melted butter

1/8 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon powdered stevia

2 Tbsp. xylitol sweetener

1/4 cup oat bran

1/2 cup oat flour

1 teaspoon Homemade Baking Powder (or your choice)

Spoon into buttered mini loaf pan (5″ x 2.5″  – bottom of pan measurement)

Bake at 375 F /190 C  for 25 – 30 minutes or until edges start to brown and toothpick comes out clean.

Honey For Diabetics?

I just got a newsletter today from Home Remedies website about  Honey And Diabeties.  My husband and I have discussed this issue and since I’ve just done 2 recent posts on honey, I thought it would be helpful to post this article to answer any questions you might have:

Unravel the Bitter Truth of Sugar: The sweetness of sugar has always been associated with love, beauty happiness and joy. Singers, play writers, literature scholars and philosophers have ascribed sugar and honey with qualities most desirable and virtuous. But sweet as sugar may be, its place in the world of nutrition is as … the villain!  While a little sugar may do no harm, too much sugar can really be your undoing.

Scientific research and studies show that sugar contains high amounts of calories and is the prime cause of obesity in people. Obesity further leads to problems like heart and kidney disease and also diabetes. Today sugar is found in almost everything that we consume – be it health drinks, formula milk, soft drinks, as also junk food. Health conditions like diabetes have therefore become very common. In the past few years there has been a lot of debate over the use of natural sugar products like honey and its benefits in treating different health conditions. While some would prefer the use of honey over processed sugar for diabetic patients, there are certain facts that you need to take in to account.

Honey – Can I Trust You? Diabetes refers to a condition where the blood sugar levels in the body rise dramatically. It is therefore essential that we lower blood sugar levels to keep diabetes in check. According to the American Diabetic Association, when it comes to sweetness and calories, honey is considered to be sweeter and contains more calories as compared to processed sugar. For this reason, most would not consider honey the top pick when it comes to diabetes. Honey is renowned for its nutritional value however, as honey is rich in vitamins and minerals and its rich anti oxidant properties. For this reason there are many natural health care enthusiasts who will recommend honey even for diabetics as a substitute to sugar.

Honey is also rich in glucose and fructose that are essential for the body and therefore qualifies as a healthy substitute for sugar. While the debate continues, Dr. David Baer, from the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center states, “Experimental evidence suggests that consumption of honey compared to other sweeteners may improve blood sugar control and insulin sensitivity.” Honey is indeed the sweetener of choice for diabetics.

It does pay to be cautious however, because honey may not offer the healthy solution it appears to. According to dietician Toby Smithson, RD, CDE, a spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association there is a tendency to over consume honey on the premise that it is safe for diabetes and this may actually be what makes it all the more of a threat. The carbohydrate and caloric content in a tablespoon of honey is a lot higher than in granulated white or brown sugar.

What’s the Final Verdict? Remember that there is no absolute solution in such cases as each one’s condition will vary in comparison to the other. It is therefore important to look at various options when it comes to choosing sweeteners for diabetics.

Yogurt is a Healthy Option: When afflicted with diabetes it is essential that you pay careful attention to your carbohydrate and calorie intake. As compared to honey, the carbohydrate and calorie level is lower in yogurt. It thus helps to keep these levels in check while also providing the body with the essential nutrition.

Cherry up and Berry Diabetes:
According to the ADA, cherries and berries are rich in vitamins and anti oxidants and low in carbs and calories and therefore can be indulged in even if you do suffer from diabetes.

While honey may be nutritious when consumed in moderation and can offer a great deal of health benefits, its influence on your health will be determined solely by the manner of consumption.

This is another article that Home Remedies has posted:

Diabetes as is widely known is a disease in which the pancreas produces insufficient amounts of insulin in the body. In patients suffering from diabetes, carbohydrates, starches and sugars that are ingested as food cannot be fully utilized and are passed out in the patient’s urine. honey is a component used daily by people everywhere. Fructose and Glucose are the main constituents of honey. Honey and diabetes go hand in hand as honey is good and bad for diabetes. The use of honey for curing diabetes is not really known though it may help small amounts of it could help manage the symptoms.

The important question however is whether honey and water is safe for diabetic patients? The answer to that question is yes – though care should be taken that the honey is pure. This is because a single tablespoon full of pure honey will have the same amount of carbohydrates of a 200 gram raw apple. However it has been observed that consuming honey produces a considerably lower amount of blood sugar as compared to other starches that are rich in glucose. A tablespoon of honey has near about 17 grams of carbohydrates. It has also been found that when honey is regularly included in the part of a diabetic’s diet, it will reduce the blood sugar levels and HbA1C level. Studies have shown that the difference in blood sugar levels is by 60 to 100mg/dl after an hour to 90 minutes after it is ingested. The use of honey for diabetes type 2 patients is also known. A little honey could be included in their diet while most other sugars and high fructose corn syrups should be eliminated completely from the diet of patients.

Diabetic patients who have been taking insulin injections for a long time are prone to insulin-shock, which is subglycemia. Honey administered in liberal quantities to avert an insulin shock due to subglycemia is also common. Therefore it can be termed as safe. However the question then arises that how much honey is sufficient? A tablespoon of honey roughly contains 60 calories and as a general rule, a person’s intake of simple sugars should be restricted to about 1/10th of total calories ingested. Therefore in a day about 2 to 3 spoons of honey should be a safe amount to ingest. Also the more advanced a person’s intolerance to glucose, the more beneficial is honey for them. Consult a doctor before taking any of the remedies of honey for diabetes and other related problems. Finally whether you are a diabetic or not, honey is good for you and if taken in the right quantities. Remember it is very important that you keep your doctor informed about every remedy when suffering from diabetes.

Healing With Honey

I did a post a couple of weeks ago on honey and apple cider vinegar.  I am still using this drink every morning which is 2 teaspoons of ACV & 2 teaspoons of raw honey in a full glass of water. Here’s some more information from the website, Natural News:

Raw honey – which has not been pasteurized or filtered, and ideally taken directly from the hive – is a treasure chest of nutritional value and medicinal remedies. It contains an abundance of vitamins and minerals and is a natural and powerful medicine, both internally and externally.

The list of honey’s beneficial functions is a long one. Honey increases calcium absorption; can increase hemoglobin count and treat or prevent anemia caused by nutritional factors; can help arthritic joints, when combined with apple cider vinegar; fights colds and respiratory infections of all kinds; can help to boost gastrointestinal ulcer healing; works as a natural and gentle laxative; aids constipation, allergies and obesity; provides an array of vitamins and minerals; and supplies instant energy without the insulin surge caused by white sugar. Many have found raw honey helpful for its positive effects against allergies and hay fever, and one or two teaspoons last thing at night can help with insomnia. As an antiseptic, honey is also a drawing agent for poisons from bites or stings or infected wounds, and has outperformed antibiotics in treatments for stomach ulcerations, gangrene, surgical wound infections, surgical incisions and the protection of skin grafts, corneas, blood vessels and bones during storage and shipment.

“Raw honey is exceptionally effective internally against bacteria and parasites. Plus, raw honey contains natural antibiotics, which help kill microbes directly. Raw honey, when applied topically, speeds the healing of tissues damaged by infection and/or trauma. It contains vitamins, minerals and enzymes, as well as sugars, all of which aid in the healing of wounds.”

So writes Dr. Cass Igram, D.O. in The Survivor’s Nutritional Pharmacy. In a fascinating modern development, scientists and doctors are beginning to rediscover the effectiveness of honey as a wound treatment. In recent years, honey has been used effectively in clinical settings for the treatment of fist-sized ulcers extending to the bone, as well as for first, second and third degree burns. Complete healing has been reported without the need for skin grafts and with no infection or muscle loss. It can be applied full strength to such conditions, covered with a sterile bandage, and changed daily. When the wounds are clean, honey acts as a healer. This also is the same procedure for infected wounds, ulcerations and impetigo. Garlic honey can also be applied directly to infected wounds, which will help clean up the area of infection.

Dr. Peter Molan, professor of biochemistry at Waikato University, New Zealand, has been at the forefront of honey research for 20 years. He heads the university’s Honey Research Unit, which is internationally recognized for its expertise in the antimicrobial properties of honey. Clinical observations and experimental studies have established that honey has effective antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Astonishingly, it painlessly removes pus, scabs and dead tissue from wounds and stimulates new tissue growth. “Randomized trials have shown that honey is more effective in controlling infection in burn wounds than silver sulfadiazine, the antibacterial ointment most widely used on burns in hospitals,” explains Dr. Molan.

Dr. Molan believes that if honey were used from the start in cases of septicemia, there would be far less tissue damage resulting. “The remarkable ability of honey to reduce inflammation and mop up free radicals should halt the progress of the skin damage like it does in burns, as well as protecting from infection setting in”, says Dr. Molan. “At present, people are turning to honey when nothing else works. But there are very good grounds for using honey as a therapeutic agent of first choice.”

Researchers believe that the therapeutic potential of honey is grossly underutilized. With increasing interest in the use of alternative therapies and as the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria spreads, honey may finally receive its due recognition as a wound healer.

Indeed, it works: Raw honey makes a sterile, painless and effective wound dressing. Apply it directly to open cuts, abrasions and burns, and cover it with a piece of gauze. The results will occur quicker than with conventional alternatives, such as salves and creams.

Honey is also exceptionally effective for respiratory ailments. One Bulgarian study of almost 18,000 patients found that it improved chronic bronchitis, asthmatic bronchitis, chronic and allergic rhinitis and sinusitis. It’s an effective treatment for colds, flu, respiratory infections and a generally depressed immune system. Whereas sugar shuts down the immune system, a good quality honey will stimulate it into action.

Here are some more ways to utilize the healing power of honey:

BURNS – Apply freely over burns. It cools, removes pain and aids fast healing without scarring. Apart from being a salve and an antibiotic, bacteria simply cannot survive in honey.

BED WETTING – A teaspoon of honey before bed aids water retention and calms fears in children.

INSOMNIA – A dessertspoon of honey in a mug of warm milk aids sleep and works wonders.

HYPERACTIVITY – Replace all use of white sugar with honey. White sugar is highly stimulating with no food qualities. Honey provides the energy without the “spike.”

NASAL CONGESTION – Place a dessertspoon of honey in a basin of water and inhale fumes after covering your head with a towel over the basin. Very effective!

FATIGUE – Dissolve a dessertspoon of honey in warm water or quarter honey balance of water in a jug and keep in the fridge. Honey is primarily fructose and glucose, so it’s quickly absorbed by the digestive system. Honey is a unique natural stabilizer: Ancient Greek athletes took honey for stamina before competing and as a reviver after competition.

FACIAL DEEP CLEANSER – Mix honey with an equal quantity of oatmeal, and apply as a face pack. Leave on for half an hour, then wash it off. Great as a deep cleanser for acne and other unwanted blemishes.

POOR DIGESTION – Mix honey with an equal quantity of apple cider vinegar and dilute to taste with water. This is also wonderful for the joints – and promotes weight loss.

HAIR CONDITIONER – Mix honey with an equal quantity of olive oil, cover head with a warm tower for half an hour then shampoo off. Feeds hair and scalp. Your hair will never look or feel better!

SORE THROATS – Let a teaspoon of honey melt in the back of the mouth and trickle down the throat. Eases inflamed raw tissues.

FOR STRESS – Honey in water is a stabilizer, calming highs and raising lows. Use approximately 25 percent honey to water.

ANEMIA – Honey is the best blood enricher by raising corpuscle content. The darker the honey, the more minerals it contains.

FOOD PRESERVATIVE – If you replace the sugar in cake and cookie recipes with honey, they’ll stay fresher longer due to honey’s natural antibacterial properties. Reduce liquids in the mixture by about one-fifth to allow for the moisture present in the in honey.

BABY’S BOTTLE – Four teaspoons of honey to a baby’s bottle of water is an excellent pacifier and multivitamin additive. If the baby’s motions are too liquid, then reduce the honey by half a teaspoon; if too solid increase by half a teaspoon. (Caution: Don’t give raw honey to babies under 1 year old; it’s just too rich.) For teething, honey rubbed on a baby’s gums is also a mild sedative and anesthetic.

OSTEOPOROSIS – Research has shown that a teaspoon of honey per day aids calcium utilization and prevents osteoporosis – probably not a bad idea for anyone over 50.

LONGEVITY – The most long-lived people in the world are all regular users of honey. An interesting fact, yet to be explained, is that beekeepers suffer less from cancer and arthritis than any other occupational group worldwide.

MIGRAINE – Use a dessertspoon of honey dissolved in half a glass of warm water. Sip at the start of a migraine attack, and, if necessary, repeat after another 20 minutes.

CONJUNCTIVITIS – Dissolve honey in an equal quantity of warm water. When cooled, apply as a lotion or eye bath.

COUGH MIXTURE – Combine 6 ounces (170 grams) liquid honey, 2 ounces (55 grams) glycerin and the juice of two lemons. Mix well. Bottle and cork firmly, and use as required.

Raw honey may become granulated, as some does after a week and another maybe only after several years. If the granulations bother you, simply place the honey into a pan of hot water (not boiling) and let it stand until becoming liquid again.